HITTING THE MAT: The Making of A State Champ or At Least A Good Man! (Blog 27)

Off-Season Wrestling and Weeks 1 and 2 of Regular Sophomore Season Wow! I can’t believe we’re back again on the mat for another high school wrestling season. It was one heck of an off-season of wrestling for Dakota. He was invited to wrestle in the Virginia Beach High School Nationals at the freshmen level for […]

HITTING THE MAT: The Making of A State Champ or At Least A Good Man! (Blog 18)

Blog 18 Week 5 Regular Season Freshman Year             This is a different kind of week. It’s Christmas vacation, and we’re all surrounded by delicious weight-gaining food. And the wrestlers, including Dakota, are not exempt from this holiday phenomena. Dakota is really struggling with his weight this week, as I’m sure the rest of […]

HITTING THE MAT: The Making of A State Champ or At Least A Good Man! (Blog 12)

Blog 12 Preseason Week 12             Dang! It’s Monday night again, and Dakota and I haven’t done any drilling for wrestling at all since his last practice. We did manage to get to the gym to lift some weights over the weekend though. But, even though lifting is better than nothing, it’s still not […]

HITTING THE MAT: The Making of A State Champ or At Least A Good Man! (Blog 8)

Blog 8 Preseason Week 8  Wow! This week is off to another crazy start. Dakota and I snuck in a quick drilling session with some instruction that quickly wore me out late Sunday night. After about 15 minutes, my shirt was soaked, and I felt exhausted. I was a bit concerned because I shouldn’t have […]

HITTING THE MAT: The Making of A State Champ or At Least A Good Man! (Blog 7)

Blog 7 Preseason Week 7             I notice for the first time tonight that the leaves here are really starting to change colors. It’s a cool Monday night on Columbus Day in early October in the northeast part of Connecticut or the quiet corner, where I live with my family. Things have been a […]

HITTING THE MAT: The Making of A State Champ or At Least A Good Man! (Blog 6)

Blog #6  Preseason Week 6   It’s Monday night again, and once again Dakota and I are back in the car heading to another pre-season wrestling practice after consuming another dinner in seven minutes or less. These pre-season days are so busy. As a matter of fact, all of these autumn back-to-school days are busy. […]

HITTING THE MAT: The Making of A State Champ or At Least A Good Man! (Blog 5)

Blog #5 He’s Getting Better             As the next week of pre-season wrestling rolls around, Dakota tells me in the car on the way to practice that he isn’t feeling 100%. I wonder if his interest in wrestling is fading, or if he’s still feeling the effects of last week and those really tough […]

HITTING THE MAT: The Making of A State Champ or At Least A Good Man! (Blog 4)

Preseason Week 3- A Little Frustrated Blog #4 I feel like my 14-year-old boy Dakota is already changing for the better, thanks to wrestling. When I showed him moves at home this week, he actually said, “Thanks.” Wow… is all I can think. I guess wrestling really is putting him on the path to be […]